Archive for the ‘Live to the Max’ Category
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
Naked-Beauty SYMULAST Method Interview w/ Lisa Balash: How to Kill Cellulite at Middle-Age
At 43 years-old, Lisa shares how, and why, this method has dramatically changed her lower-body - and how it is now part of her 'anti-aging' fitness lifestyle. Here's a taste of what triggered us getting together to record this info-packed interview for you:
"I've been a fitness competitor and lived on cardio machines and weights and I have never gotten results like I have with your Naked-Beauty routine, and I love doing it as well..."
For all the juicy and inspiring details, just click
this little triangle on right to hear everything:
Would you like to get to know Lisa a bit better and learn what fitness coaching services she offers in the Las Vegas area? Then you'll want to watch this basic Kettlebell workout sample and then visit her at the links below: (you can also get her Kettlebell DVDs via her website)
1- Visit Fitness Pro Lisa Balash on Facebook
Kettlebell Bombshell Lisa Balash on Facebook
2 - Lisa's Website/Blog: KettlebellBombshell
3 - Visit The Kettlebell Bombshell on Youtube
(she also has some GREAT pilates videos there)
Lisa Balash's Youtube Channel
4 - And you can use the box below to write any comments, questions or thoughts you'd like to share with us...
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas
Thursday, September 26th 2013
Combo-Cardio Using Bodyweight, Jump-Rope and Medicine-Ball
AS ALWAYS - PLEASE get your doctor's clearance before doing any type of exercise routine.
These 2 videos can easily be combined for a more advanced, full-body cardio routine, you can literally do anywhere-anytime. Here's a convenient Cardio-Combo Cheat-Sheet
you can print and take with you, if you wish.
[Below the 2 videos are the moves outlined in the cheat-sheet.]
Here are some important and interesting notes:
Combining these 2 sequences will get you breaking a sweat - and you'll have FUN doing it :-)
As I was putting this post together, I realized how much I've "evolved" from the first video to the second one (and also how much more I've evolved from the second one - up to the present day.)
If you pay close attention to the first video it's easy to notice I was struggling with reaching the shape I wanted to be in… But, what may not be so obvious is my struggling "spirit"… I recorded that during a VERY challenging time of life. Everything I did was a true struggle.
There was a lot going on - and every minute of the day (& night) was a challenge to work through…
But I did it... And in the second video you can 'see' more of the real me.
Going through that phase of life is one of the ingredients that fueled my inspiration for the "LIVE to the MAX" mindset and lifestyle.
Maybe I'll record a new video in the next few weeks, with some new combo moves - to see what further "evolution" we can pick up on film - both the obvious ones -- and maybe the not-so-obvious :-) ... Will be interesting…
ok, finally - Assuming you've gotten clearance to do this routine, please give it a try and let me know how you do with it by posting in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas
Up & Downs
Up & Downs
Up & Downs w/ Medicine Ball
Up & Downs w/ Medicine Ball - Advanced
Again - any questions, comments or thoughts can be placed below... See the box down there? :-)
Friday, September 20th 2013
Here's a 5-Minute Cardio FUSION Medicine-Ball Workout I recorded about 3 or 4 years ago. And I still do this a few times a month - depending on the weather.
Sometimes I'll even combine this with jump-rope intervals for more intense, slightly longer session.
The beauty of this little routine is that you can literally do it anywhere - indoors, or outside. Press play and watch me demonstrate:
- If you are a newcomer to 'AtlasVille'
, or if you're unsure about your fitness-ability, BE SURE to get your doctor's clearance before doing this, or any other type of exercise method.
- If you're a beginner
- you can substitute something VERY LIGHT, for the medicine-ball. For example: you can use a volley-ball, a basketball, soccer ball... Or even a pillow from the couch. Trust me on that :-)
- If you're 'advanced'
, or just want to extend the cardio-session a bit - then simply repeat the sequence I demonstrate in the video. Do it twice for a solid 10 minute sweat-breaker... Three times for an even more challenging, 15 minute, fat-burning, body-toning cardio session...
I'll take this over a treadmill or stationary bike any rainy or cold-snowy day of the week :-)
Let me know what you think in the comment box below.
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas
Tuesday, August 20th 2013
Family, Friends, Fitness & Business - in New York
This year's Summer New York trip was another awesome one. It was a powerful mix of business related activity - and great times with family and friends. Let me share the sweet details with you...
There are 3 playgrounds within 1.25 miles of my parents' house. This means we have at least 3 awesome places to workout when we are there :-)
We also stopped by the gym where my father works - for a 'guest appearance' and some indoor bodyweight-training...
Almost every night consisted of a post-dinner walk around the neighborhood - maybe about 45 minutes each time.
Here is an "underground" video clip of me and quickly-growing-teen-son, JoJo - in Rye-Brook, NY... You'll see us doing our shoulder routine - which we knocked out in about 20 minutes by pulling a few dumbbells out of the garage of my parents house.
The 20 minutes also included body-weight shoulder presses which we did in the backyard on a part of the patio which was PERFECT for the move... NOTE: like I said above - this is 'underground' footage, most likely taken by paparazzi hiding in one of the bushes nearby :-)...
Before we did the shoulder workout - we did a 2.25 mile run - which was actually something we did first thing each morning.
Joey, Jessica, Michelle and (???) on The Better Show (Nov/Dec)
While in NY - we shot 'segment 1' of the TV feature that will be airing in Nov or Dec on The Better Show.
A lot of time and energy is going into this - even though it may only amount to about 4 minutes of airtime - what is shown will be powerful :-) ...we had MANY volunteers from around the world, especially in the NYC/Westchester area, respond to the email I sent out - and as it turned out we only needed 2 women for this feature... they are Jessica and Michelle - and they are now, under my guidance, on the NB/SYMULAST method routine...
And in mid-November we will all be meeting and the Better TV studios
in NYC to shoot the "after" segment - and they will be reporting all their results and changes... and you'll be able to see this all on TV - and probably on the web channel as well... I'll keep you posted for sure!
Matilda on Broadway... AWESOME
Another one of the highlights of this trip was seeing Matilda on Broadway (highly, HIGHLY recommended)
Words don't do justice - you simply have to see this production for yourself... AWESOME:
Before the show, me and my brother took the kids to an amazing ORGANIC "burger joint" just a few blocks from the Shubert Theatre. INCREDIBLE FOOD.
- An amazing coincidence occurred during that meal
... Our server's mom - actually lives just a few streets over from us here in Jacksonville, FL - Think about those odds!! Crazy but true.
We managed to make a trip into the historic, vibrant and FUN neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn - a favorite place of ours to walk around, check out the unique indy shops and sample some amazing foods - here is one of them:
On a day of amazing weather - we spent half a day trekking to The Highline
for a great walk with cool views and more awesome foods:
After the Highline, we headed to the Flatiron area - with Eataly
as our destination point. And the gelato there was one of the best I've EVER had... A combo of chocolate and hazelnut. So smooth - so decadent - so clean and 'delish'.
Yes, this is a "fitness" blog...
But, if you've been around here for a while - you know I live a life of balance and enjoyment.. NOT deprivation and extremes. And this is what I try to share with you... Balance.
And part of balance is exploring - trying new things... This year, it is "organic beers and ales" - again - all in moderation :-)
As of now - some of my favorites are:
I also had a chance to sample some local (Hudson Valley, NY) nutrition bars
- and these are awesome:
ok - that's it for now... LOTS
of interesting and exciting things going on behind the scenes here and I'll be aiming to share whatever I can as things unfold and become reality
- stay tuned!!
I'll be back in New York City/Westchester in mid-November for the Better TV, "Before and After" segment.
. So, if you are in that area and want to meet-up just post below and let's see if we can make it happen...
And if you have any additional thoughts, comments, questions or words of wisdom.. PLEASE share them below! :-)
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas
Wednesday, June 5th 2013
Latest Beach-Ready-Body Progress Update - and Then Some...
Ok - so, it's official - I'm "Beach-Ready" as you can see in the recent photos below... And for the most part - I'll just be on 'cruise-control' to stay in this great Summer zone...
Let's go a bit deeper now...
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"That Was Then, This is Now" - 22 Years of Wisdom & Tips Outlined Here:
1 - Many people say “It’s harder to stay in shape now that I’m older...”
Well, right here, I’ll debunk that ‘myth’...
It has actually gotten easier for me. My workout sessions are maybe one-third of what they used to be in the old days (in terms of time spent training) - and they are more effective.
It has all gotten psychologically easier too. I look forward to all my fitness activities. In the old days, I had to hold a tough, demanding, iron-clad commitment to my training regimen and diet.
I believe people use that myth to (attempt to) self-justify their behavior. Just sayin’...
2 - In the old days,
my training took so much out of me, I hardly had energy for much else... My body needed a lot of recuperation between workouts...
Now - my training enables me to do so much more. Sure I work out hard and give it all I got - BUT, the style of training, enhances not only the form of my physique, BUT also my ability to function at optimal levels for all the things I enjoy doing...
Biking, hiking, kayaking, surfing, swimming, soccer, frisbee chasing... I can do it all - and still have energy to spare for whatever else I want to do.
3 - My fluctuations throughout the year were drastic and unhealthy
in the old days. My weight could be anywhere from 125-LBS to 165-LBS depending on what time of year it was - and what things I may have been dealing with in my life at that time...
Now, I maintain a healthy, strong and balanced body-weight between 125-LBS to 135-LBS (the 135-ish is usually during our Winter season).
4 - The evolution of my training
methods & nutrition habits has dramatically reduced the aches and pains I deal with - and I mean DRAMATICALLY.
5 - Old friends (who used to be in awesome shape)
see me know and just shake their head in wonder... asking “How have you managed to keep your physique in tip-top condition, even though we are in our 40’s now???”
The reason is
, staying fit and healthy has gone beyond just what I see in the mirror, or what I want others to see when they look at me... It is mostly about taking care of the one body and life I’ve been given... It’s about taking care of my health and well-being - being responsible for the condition I’m in... Giving myself the best life possible - and getting the most out of it in all regards.
6 - I want to continue to be “the example”...
to show people what is possible - not “tell” them what might be possible without doing it myself... I want to walk the talk. There is profound power in that
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New Updates from AtlasVille:
A- Many arrows and signals are pointing me toward
securing a beach business location to enable me to bring you more of what you want - and more of what can help you stay fit for life.
Today, I went to one of my regular spots in Atlantic Beach and did a full lower-body workout. Just me and the sand... Awesome - and my lower-body is feeling it right now :-)
I am looking at options, to take this beach/outdoor fitness training to the next level - and things can get interesting in the next few weeks... Stay tuned for that.
B - As mentioned in a recent email,
you’ll be hearing about some new local fitness friends, who have some superb material they’ll be sharing with us during the next few months... This husband and wife couple have been through their own “ups and downs” of fitness - and have come up with some sweet and powerful solutions... 2 great, modest people in fantastic shape...
And, yes - just like me - these ‘middle-agers’ catch eyeballs of the 20 year-olds when we are kicking around on the beach...
You’ll enjoy their stories and the ultra-helpful things they’ll be sharing with you... So, stay tuned for that.
C - It’s June - that means July will be here soon,
and I’ll be heading up to New York (Westchester, Brooklyn, NYC, Long Island, etc..) for some Summer work and fitness activity - mixed in with visiting family and friends along the way...
D - My support team has been getting email inquiries for reasons outside the norm
- so I’ll answer some of them here:
- Yes, I do one-on-one, private fitness coaching (via phone or in-person) - ON A VERY LIMITED basis.
- Yes, I also do VERY LIMITED business development/marketing consulting. This is time-consuming, so I don’t do much of this.
- Some bold women have been asking if I’m married, single, etc....
Just for fun
- I won’t post the answer here (...keep the mystery going)... BUT, those who’ve been following closely enough should know the answer - or maybe not :-)
ok - that’s it for now... I’ll be expanding on some of the points above over the next few weeks and months - so you’ll want to stay tuned for all that...
, It’s Father’s Day this Sunday (here in the USA) - so make it a great one for all the Dad’s in your life... I’ll be celebrating it on the beach with my 3 rabbits... The conditions are looking ideal for lots of fun activities (surfing, body-boarding, etc...)
I always love hearing your thoughts, comments and questions - so use the space below and give it a go :-)
Your trainer for life,
- Joey Atlas